April 24, 2016 |
The nation's oldest workers are dying on the job - losing their lives at more than triple the rate of all workers. The U.S. Labor Department reported last week that 1,691 workers over age 55 died in 2014 - the highest number ever recorded for this group, and more than one in three of the 4,821 people killed on the job that year. Workers over 65 were particularly affected, with 10.7 per 100,000 workers killed on the job, compared with the all-worker injury rate of 3.4 per 100,000.
April 22, 2016
REMEMBER Whitney White ? Probably not. Allow us to refresh your memory. White is the former Delaware River Port Authority commissioner who resigned last summer after a Daily News story delved into his bankruptcies, a so-called think tank in Northern Liberties and a network of failed corporations that had sought government contracts. Nice enough guy, White seemed, but probably not a person you want overseeing a debt-ridden public agency with a $290 million budget and a history of cronyism.
April 18, 2016 |
A $290 million manufacturing complex is rising on a long-moribund expanse of land along the Delaware River in Camden. By next April, about 300 engineering and support staff employees of Holtec International, a company that designs and builds equipment for nuclear, solar, and conventional power plants worldwide, should be at work in new facilities just north of the Walt Whitman Bridge. Company officials say total employment at the new Holtec Technology Campus could reach 1,000 by the end of the decade, making Holtec one of the largest employers in the city.
April 17, 2016 |
Even though several returning players established themselves last year, when Temple's football team tied a single-season school record for wins during a 10-4 campaign, coach Matt Rhule insists that at this point, very few jobs are secure. That's why the Cherry and White Game at 1 p.m. Saturday is important to so many aspiring starters or others looking to earn a key reserve role. The game will be played at Temple's practice facility, Chodoff Field at Edberg Olson Hall. Rhule concedes that P.J. Walker, entering his fourth season as the Owls' starting quarterback, will be taking the snaps again from center this season.
April 16, 2016 |
Philadelphia International Airport plans a 2016 job fair Tuesday, April 19, at Temple University to fill 400 openings at the airport and the Philadelphia Police Department. More than 30 businesses, including airlines, restaurants, car-rental companies, retailers, and government agencies, will interview candidates for jobs that include customer-service representative, sales associate, bartender, server, bookkeeper, massage therapist, cosmetologist, manager, cashier, and others. Of the 400 immediate openings, 200 are for police officers employed by the Philadelphia Police Department.
April 15, 2016
The snows of January have long since given way to the rains (and occasional snows) of April, but Pennsylvania's slow thaw hasn't eased the peculiar form of brain freeze afflicting turnpike officials. Despite having taken a very long look at the latest snowbound stranding of hundreds of motorists on the toll road they ostensibly run, they remain incapable of acknowledging their failure. In fact, an untrained reader of the turnpike agency's "after-action report" could be forgiven for thinking officials were basking in the afterglow of a stunning success - a word that appears therein more than once.
April 15, 2016 |
Floating tantalizing growth prospects, including $6.3 billion in new sales each year and 35,000 additional jobs, economic-development officials Wednesday released a three-year export plan for the Philadelphia region. "If we ask ourselves how Greater Philadelphia is going to grow, going global has to be a big part of it," the 28-page plan, "Selling to the World," states on its opening page. The full report is available at economyleague.org/exports. Prepared by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, it was the cornerstone of Wednesday's World Class Business Growth Forum at WHYY.
April 13, 2016
ISSUE | BURIALS Bill would hike costs As a cemetery employee, I am in danger of losing my job. Pennsylvania Senate Bill 874, which was passed in October and is before a House committee, threatens the jobs and livelihoods of hundreds of cemetery employees around the state. The bill is designed to eliminate "pre-need sales," which cemeteries offer as an option for the purchase of burial plots, vaults, and coffins while customers are alive. It is a popular, efficient, and economically sound option that funeral homes don't provide.
April 10, 2016 |
A couple weeks ago, I began repainting the exterior of my house. My last paint job - done in the summer and fall of 2003 - has held up extraordinarily well. It needs a bit of freshening up, though, so it's time. This, however, will be my final painting effort on the exterior of this house. I neither expect to be living in the house 13 years from now, nor do I entertain the thought of spending several hours a day on a ladder at age 79. I hope, instead, to be playing tennis and golf and playing with my grandchildren by then.
April 9, 2016 |
ISSUE | COLLEGE Internships are key College students consider internships and practical experience more important than courses or student jobs for getting prepared for the workplace, according to a Stockton University poll ("Graduates want job experience," April 1). Campus Philly, a nonprofit that helps college students discover opportunities so that they stay in the Philadelphia area after graduation, is partners with Stockton and 33 other regional colleges and universities and confirms the poll's findings.